Chelsea Sound Festival at Family Business

October 27, 2012 from 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Family Business Gallery - 520 West 21st Street, NYC

Chelsea non-profit organizations Printed Matter, Eyebeam, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), and Family Business announce the first edition of a new annual artists’ music festival: Chelsea Sound. Organized jointly by the four non-profits, Chelsea Sound is a day-long event devoted to music in contemporary art – artists who make work with sound and musicians who draw inspiration from art. Taking place in Chelsea’s Gallery District on Saturday, October 27th, the collaboratively-produced festival included a series of performances, sound installations, and video screenings throughout the day across four venues. 

With their varied missions and commitment to different media, each organization brought its own specific vantage point for looking at how artists and musicians fuel each other’s ideas and work. 

Eyebeam presented a CeraSite stage, organized by NP, featuring works by EOE (Kari Altmann), Ryan Whittier Hale, Laura Brothers, Daniel Leyva, Daniel Swan and MSHR, with festival performances by MSHR, D Video, Mirror Mirror, Infierno Blanco, AJ Slim and special guests. NP’s CeraSite will act as a back-drop/stage for the performances at that location.

Printed Matter presented in store performances by Megafortress, Grasshopper, Tristan Shepherd, ESP Lab, and Eli Keszler, with a presentation of publications available from artists including LPs, VHS box sets, and artists’ books. 

EAI presented a Sound Stage, a looping program of performance works by artists driven by music and artist videos that incorporate music performances. The screening program will include works by Cory Arcangel, Dara Birnbaum, Forcefield, Dan Graham, Kalup Linzy, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Michael Smith, and Steina, among others.

Family Business presented Forest Rangers HQ with Brent Arnold, Alexandra Duvekot, Richard Webb & Baby Copperhead, a performance and exhibit exploring networks of communication in the vegetable and human kingdoms.

West-Chelsea’s non-profit institutions maintain a noncommercial space for artists in the heart of a rapidly transforming neighborhood. All four organizations are dedicated to supporting the emerging, experimental, DIY, whimsical, open source, electric, and occasionally the raucous. Chelsea Sound will fill this space with artists and musicians who are working at the overlapping boundaries of art and music – through innovative use of video and film, music publications, or the creative misuse of technology. On October 27th, the four groups opened their doors to an immersive soundscape.

Thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka for their generous support.
Coffee provided by Cafe Grumpy.

Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Ave
Eyebeam is located at 540 West 21st
Electronic Arts Intermix is located at 535, West 22nd, 5th fl
Family Business is located at 520 West 21st


Family Business is a collaboration between CCS Bard, artist Maurizio Cattelan, and curator Massimiliano Gioni.

Family Business is made possible with support from, Dakis Joannou, Antonella Rodriguez, and David Teiger.

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